Helping your child during Cold and Flu season: Causes, symptoms and treatment
Why does my child have a cold?
A cold is a mild but catching viral infection that is very common during the winter months. In the UK, adults generally catch 2 to 3 colds a year. However, children can experience on average 5-8 colds per year.
How do I know if my child has a cold?
One of the most common first signs of a cold is a general feeling of being unwell. If your child has a cold, they may seem irritable and not their usual energetic selves. As the cold progresses your child may develop some of the following symptoms: Runny or blocked nose
- Runny or blocked nose
- A sore throat
- Headaches, body aches and pains
- Sometimes a cold can also trigger a fever (high temperature).
How can I help my child recover from a cold?
We all feel miserable when we have a cold and your child is no different. Although there is no cure for the common cold virus, there are ways you can help aid a speedier recovery.
- Offer your child plenty of fluids
- Ensure they rest